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Medigram: November 10, 2016

Top Story

Report shows positive steps in opioid epidemic fight
The number of opioid prescriptions dispensed in Wisconsin over a recent three-month period decreased by 8.2 million as compared to the same time period in 2015, according to a report issued last week by the Wisconsin Controlled Substances Board. Read more.

News Briefs

Physicians should be on alert for demand letters from embattled lab
The Wisconsin Medical Society cautions members to be on the lookout for letters demanding repayment from a blood lab that has been the target of government investigations and multiple lawsuits. Physicians who receive such a letter are advised to discuss it with their attorney. Read more.

CMS releases Medicare physician fee schedule final rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last week released the 2017 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS), which includes a .5 percent physician increase that was part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). Read more.

New directors, vice chair elected to Society’s Board
John Hartman, MD, and Laurie Gesell, MD, were elected to the Wisconsin Medical Society Board of Directors (BOD) at its meeting Saturday in Madison. Read more.

Society adds new webinars to opioid prescribing series
The Wisconsin Medical Society has added several new live and on-demand webinars to its opioid prescribing education series, including a two-hour webinar on the Wisconsin Medical Examining Board’s (MEB) opioid prescribing guideline. Read more.

AMA launches campaign to increase prescription drug pricing transparency
The American Medical Association (AMA) has launched TruthInRX.org, a website that aims to bring transparency to prescription drug prices. Read more.

Newsmakers

Society member offers tips to avoid financial stress in AMA WIRE
Retired rheumatologist Timothy Harrington, MD, was featured recently in an AMA Wire article titled “Take these seven tips to avoid financial stress.” Read more.